"We all have a Super Hero inside us" but sometimes that hero needs a bit of self care.
What exactly is self care? It's taking care of yourself. I find when I'm juggling home, family, job and now the fate of our country that "me" is the daily loser. When I get busy my yoga class and my daily recharge by the ocean dog walk are the first things to go. Next is eating good and good for me food.
I also have a low but constant level of anxiety that's hard to shake. Sh*t just keeps happening and it's hard to unplug. So much has happened in the past months that I forget about events, comments and laws that outraged me. Some new crisis overtakes the news, freaks me out and makes it hard for me to balance myself.
Here are some easy tips to help you take care of yourself so you can care for others and our country.
Sleep- routines can help, unplug electronics, try a few yoga stretches, brew a pot of herbal tea, read a bit of a book. One routine I love at night is massaging our Bring on the Z balm to the bottom of my feet once I'm in bed for good. It helps the essential oils get into your bloodstream and everyone's feet need a bit of love.
Unplug from the news- it's hard I know but try your best. Find a series on Netflix for some bing watching to help get some news relief.
Cook and tidy the house- making good healthy food and clearing away the clutter can help calm your mind and use up some of that nervous energy.
Get outside- this is so important, we need sunshine and nature to stay grounded.
Exercise- getting your body moving helps clear out the mental cobwebs.
Talk to folks and smile and strangers. We all need to feel connected.
We put together a "Self Care in the Age of Anxiety" kit filled with good for you products to help you de-stress and recharge. We have a special price for purchasing two, one for you and one for a fellow sister.
The kit contains-
"Girl Hold My Earrings" sticker
Sample Pack of Shower Shots- aromatherapy right in the shower and a scent for every mood.
#resist creme- #racism, #resist sexism, #resist wrinkles.
Be Kind Lip Treatment- because our words matter.
Too Much Botanical Oils- a bit of calm in our hectic world.
Hot and Healing Balm- after hitting the streets give your feet a treat.
On my bucket list is a trip to Ireland. Sadly Ireland is not on my calendar. The next best thing is to treat myself to a seaweed spa day right at home. It takes a bit of time, planning and bathroom cleaning- but I'm worth it and so are you! Give yourself the gift of you.
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Designed to be aromatherapy for you not the room, solid perfumes are an effective way to “escape” if only temporarily. I find they are an easy tool in my daily stress management kit. Perfect for pulse points, I also use directly under my nose when I want help in taking a deep, calming yoga breath. I keep one in the car, one on my purse and one by my bed. A friend rubs a dab in her hair when she needs a lift. And with two for the price of one- you can too!
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS- for each tin of solid perfume you order we will ship two of exactly the same scent. If you want to mix it up, send a message via the contact us page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t you love when a colleague brings in donuts, cake or muffins? Except for the calories and the willpower needed to resist a second helping. Why not take in an assortment of solid perfume instead? Put them in an attractive platter right next to the coffee and spread some joy.
Solid perfumes also make great stocking stuffers. I love to stockpile goodies all year. It’s important to have a special storage area because you want to find them again. It’s such a joy to unpack my goodie box and see all my special treats. It also helps cut down on the stress of last minute gift giving. Our Lilac solid perfume in particular is a lovely treat for a New Englander who has moved South. They have the sun and short winters but they miss, miss, miss the fresh, sweet scent of spring in New England.
Solid perfumes also make wonderful thank you gifts. Brighten someone’s day by leaving a tin as a thank you token. The tins are wonderful for teachers, health care professionals or just leave on a desk or in a mailbox. Especially thoughtful if someone is going through a stressful event.HERE’S HOW IT WORKS- for each tin of solid perfume you order we will ship two of exactly the same scent. If you want to mix it up, send us an email via the contact us page or email@example.com.
Adjusting to the "fall back" time change is rough for me. Around 4:15 I go into Henny Penny mode and think the sky is falling. It just gets dark way to early. Unfortunately stress is a fact of life and at times everyday stress can be difficult to manage. How often do you hear someone moan, “I’m so stressed out?”. “I don’t have enough time.” “My house is a mess” and so on and so on.
Finding some routines, a ritual can help us deal with everyday stress and helps to lay a foundation for when times get really rough. One step to help fight the war on stress is to be sure you exercise. Not only does exercise keep your body healthy but it is good for your brain. Sleep is another important factor. Recently two loved ones struggled with lack of sleep. They lost weight, were anxious, had trouble focusing and got irritated quickly. Finally, don’t forget to stay hydrated. I notice when my routine changes the first thing to go is making sure I drink my water and herb teas.
One part of stress management is breathing. Being able to take deep breaths, what I call “Yoga Breaths” can help calm the “flight or fight” syndrome. One way to encourage the habit of breathing is Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is using the scents of plants, fresh, dried or in essential oils to help change your mood. Certain plants and scents are associated with desirable qualities. Lavender and Chamomile are relaxing. Mints can energize. Eucalyptus can be clearing and so on.
I tell our customers that one important factor is to choose a scent that smells good to them. Quite a few years ago, Carly had a severe case of stress. She was living overseas, lonely, scared and certain smells from her science classroom made her nausea. When she moved back home, some smells were still a trigger. She fought back by finding smells that relaxed and calmed her. She carried around vials of essential oils for years and would use them liberally whenever she felt a panic attack coming. At Dulse & Rugosa, the almost magical relief from scents is one of the reason we love to make and sell our unique products.
Therapeutic and beautiful, Botanical Essence Oils will lift your spirits gently and naturally. If you are looking for a natural way to help maintain a healthy mind and body discover our Botanical Essence Oils. Simple, easy to use and beautiful our hand blended botanical essence oils are packed full of flower power! Our three carefully crafted blends will help you manage everyday stress and help you adjust to the time change.
We often get asked, “How long will this last?” The idea behind Aromatherapy is not to find something that last a long time. Rather it is to develop a ritual, a habit to help you be your best self. Find a scent you love and give yourself some sweet flower therapy.
Happy breathing my friends!